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Cymbrowitz Withdraws Legislation Transferring Jurisdiction Over Local Beaches From State To City


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz announced today that he will withdraw legislation he introduced in the Assembly earlier this month that would transfer oversight of a swath of sand at Brighton Beach and Coney Island from the state to New York City.

Cymbrowitz did not credit the decision to opposition from environmentalists who worried the Parks Department, less constrained by the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s more stringent oversight, would botch the job, as first reported on Sheepshead Bites. Instead, the Sheepshead Bay-Brighton Beach legislator said he did it because he himself had mounting concerns over Parks Department decision-making in light of the controversial new boardwalk comfort stations.

“I believe that giving the city any additional authority of the area near the boardwalk is a mistake. The state Department of Environmental Conservation should continue to have oversight and this legislation will not move forward this session,” Cymbrowitz said in a strongly worded letter to the mayor, according to a press release.

The bill, which can be read here, would have transferred oversight of 250 feet of sand immediately south of the 2.5-mile Riegelmann Boardwalk. It was sponsored in the Assembly by Cymbrowitz and co-sponsored by Alec Brook-Krasny. Diane Savino introduced it in the Senate.

When asked about the legislation earlier this week, Cymbrowitz told Sheepshead Bites that plans to create an already funded bicycle path adjacent to the boardwalk had been stalled for nearly eight years. Cymbrowitz said that the DEC had denied the Parks Department’s application, as well as other attempts to build community resources on the beach, and that he had hoped to free Parks from DEC’s yoke.

That upset activists who said that the DEC had more stringent standards for a reason: they serve as a watchdog over would-be projects that can contribute to beach erosion and other environmental risks.

The Parks Department told Sheepshead Bites that they did not request the bill, nor had any input into it.

Cymbrowitz has now changed his tune, saying that the plan is nixed because he has lost faith in the Parks Department’s ability to meet residents’ needs, citing the new boardwalk comfort stations as the turning point. Residents from the Oceana Condominium complex have protested the new bathrooms and comfort stations adjacent to their facility, claiming that they obstruct views and attract vagrants. Cymbrowitz sided with the residents, even sending a letter to the Parks Department.

His concerns have escalated alongside the mounting missteps of the comfort stations’ installations, according to his press release:

His appeal fell on deaf ears and, despite several well-publicized protests by Oceana residents, the original plan prevailed. During installation, the piles hit solid granite and seawater and the borings couldn’t go through, delaying the process. The Parks Department then devised an alternative construction plan that involved pouring concrete in the sand. Environmentalists and FEMA have already deemed this method unsafe, according to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz.

The legislation, however, was introduced on May 3 – at least a month or more after Cymbrowitz sent his critical letter to the Parks Department opposing the comfort stations.

Sheepshead Bites could not reach Cymbrowitz for comment on this article. We will update this post if we hear back from him.

UPDATE (4:28 p.m.): Brighton Beach resident Ida Sanoff, executive director of the Natural Resources Protective Association, which vocally opposed the legislation, is celebrating the withdrawal as a victory for the community.

“It just goes to show there’s no limit to what you can do when you shine a light on the darkness. And just the fact – politics is all about looking good – and just on the basis that this was being done so quietly raised a lot of red flags,” said Sanoff. “This would have had far reaching impacts on all the people who live and work along the shoreline. This would have put hundreds of thousands of people who would have been put at risk. This is a victory.”

She added: “Sometimes these things are resurrected in a slightly different form. I can assure you that we’re going to be very, very vigilant. We’ll keep a close eye on any piece of legislation that’s proposed that has anything to do with the shoreline … There are no secrets along the shore. If it doesn’t come out in the wash, it’ll come out in the rinse.”

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  1. Parks apparently wasn’t very interested in having this responsibility in the first place. So if Cymbrowitz thinks he’s punishing them by withdrawing this bill he’s fooling himself. Or is he fooling the apartment dwellers whose cause he very foolishly took up?

  2. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz rethought his proposal and made an appropriate decision to respond to community concerns. I am sure his original intentions were honorable. I was a write in candidate for his seat in 2012 thanks to exposure in the Kings courier and your blog, the I am now running for Councilman 48th District Mt. Nelson’s seat in Brooklyn. I am sure the other candidates are fine dedicated servants of our community but I am the only “politician” advocating for the criminal justice system to end solitary confinement for the mentally ill, young men 16-19 and handicapped individuals. The Board of Corrections will decide if a petition to establish minimum standards for solitary confinement will be approved for rule making. Last Tuesday I met with the leadership of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association not as a representative or spokesperson but man to man as an individual struggling with bipolar since 1980 and can only imagine being placed alone in a cell for 23 out of 24 hours a day. My policy as a councilman would be to see all sides of a situation and where human rights and dignity are involved in my neighborhood or any city area , I would not hesitate to speak out. If you want someone to fix tickets don’t vote for me. If you want someone who knows no boundaries to accomplish justice, fight racism and end the rule of the 1 percent over the lives of the 99 percent who are the true Americans.

  3. Long Beach Boardwalk—2.2
    Miles Long—is Being Completely Replaced with Tropical Hardwood

    For $44 Million—CHUMP
    CHANGE for NYC! Gangsters “Big Mikey” Bloomberg and Veronica

    White Pay $6 Million for
    100% Impractical Bathrooms Three Stories Above the Beach but Won’t

    Pay to Replace the
    Boardwalk with Already Cut and Readily Available Tropical Hardwood!

    Hurricane Sandy completely demolished and
    washed away the boardwalk in Long Beach according to experts primarily because
    it was not built of the much stronger Tropical Hardwood which will be used to
    replace it! The cost is a measly $44 million, which for New York City is
    mere CHUMP CHANGE! The Tropical Hardwood must all be treated with
    Thompson’s Water Seal or the equivalent to make it waterproof and increase
    durability even more! Instead, the capitalist dictatorship of millionaires and
    billionaires, led in New York City by Bloomberg, now worth $27 billion (Forbes,
    March 2013), and his stooges, Adrian Benepe, Veronica White & Co. intend to
    try to commercialize the entire Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk by
    converting it stepwise for private industry use. It is done stepwise to
    keep people confused and because the capitalists cannot reveal their actual
    plans because they would be so unpopular! Bloomberg and the capitalist media
    propaganda arm, composed of legions of professional liars are using all sorts
    of absurd lies, manipulation and false pretexts to hide their actual plans,
    while the 100% crooked court system rubber stamps their crimes, and fake
    “opposition” groups such as the so-called “Friends of the Boardwalk” and
    “Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance” deliberately mislead legitimately motivated
    opposition! (See first Boardwalk flyer!) Hurricane Sandy destroyed the
    Comfort Stations at Bay 2 and Ocean Parkway. Instead of replacing them with
    genuinely sturdy virtually waterproof buildings similar to the Lifeguard
    Station at Bay 2, which could easily have been done, the despised parasite
    Veronica White, who replaced the arch-criminal Adrian Benepe as Commissioner of
    Parks, chose to build “Toilets in the Sky!” These unbelievably hideous
    prefabricated, 3-stories high (!) ILLEGAL
    monstrosities were supplied by general contractor TRITON and undoubtedly
    involved HUGE UNDER THE TABLE KICK-BACKS, while permanently disfiguring
    the boardwalk with eyesores, which are also impractical for those with
    disabilities and even without disabilities! Ramps or stairs must be used to
    reach these bathrooms! They are also dangerous as potential torpedoes in
    another Sandy-level Hurricane! White and kickback contractor TRITON
    should try to sell their garbage to St. Barts or Long Beach! The millionaires
    and billionaires want to put 7-Elevens, MacDonald’s and other chains up and
    down the cement/plastic road they want to replace the Riegelmann Boardwalk.

    Adrian Benepe retired from
    his position as Parks Commissioner to organize a new so-called “think tank”
    deceptively and absurdly labeled “Trust for the Public Land,” to “lead a
    new initiative to replicate our work in cities across the country,” meaning
    converting as much possible city, state and national park land nationwide for
    private industry use! This is an expression of End-Stage Capitalism! The
    south and north ends of Union Square Park are routinely turned over to
    commercial businesses multiple times each week and often do not even permit
    access by park regulars. Veronica White used to head the so-called “NYC
    Center for Economic Opportunity,” set up as a bureaucracy to pretend
    to “fight poverty (!),” in order to keep the targets of the escalating and
    systematically waged Economic War of Extermination, meaning primarily the
    Working Class, Blacks, Latinos and the Poor, within the framework of capitalism
    begging the mass murderers: “Pretty please with sugar on top be nice throw us
    some crumbs!” She had no illusions about her role as false
    propagandist/manipulator implementing “Enforced Social Darwinism,” to
    bring as many poor people as possible to earlier deaths by holding out false
    hopes in capitalist reform!

    Sandy was an expression of the Fossil Fuels Global Warming Runaway
    Greenhouse Effect! The Runaway Greenhouse Effect has a logarithmic
    (exponential) curve, which means that the atmospheric CO2 is increasing much faster than by
    simple addition due to several positive feedback cycles aka vicious
    circles. The most important feedback in the polar region is the ice-reflectivity
    feedback. Open ocean water which is rapidly taking the place of sea ice in
    the polar regions, absorbs about 80% more solar radiation than sea ice,
    which reflects the sun’s rays back into space. The Polar Ice Cap has already
    been enormously reduced. In addition, warmer water absorbs less than half the
    amount of CO2 than does cold water. The oceans are one of the most important
    carbon sinks containing about 50 times more CO2 than the atmosphere
    and 19 times more than the land biosphere (rainforests, etc.). Droughts due to
    weather extremes reduce vegetation which absorbs CO2. The most important
    potential alternative power is tidal power from the oceans and hydroelectric
    power from huge waterfalls such as the Kaieture Falls in Guyana with a
    total drop of 822 feet (5 times the drop of Niagara Falls) and Victoria Falls
    in Africa the largest waterfalls in the world. Tidal Lagoon Technology Power
    Plants can replace and largely supplant fossil fuels and have already been
    built. They are 3 to 4 times as efficient as nuclear power plants and do not
    produce permanently non-disposable nuclear waste! The Oil Industry covers this
    up and falsely offers “wind power and solar power” as false alternative energy
    sources because they know they cannot supplant fossil fuels. There is One

    Let’s Get Rid of Capitalism!
    An Idea Whose Time Has Come! We Almost Did in the 1930s!

    Peoples’ Committee for Wood
    Restoration of Riegelmann Boardwalk 10 East 16th St., New York, N.Y.



    1.) The Department of Parks, Billionaire “Big
    Mikey” Bloomberg and Adrian Benepe are Big Liars and are Tools of the
    Developers and Big Real Estate! THEY HAVE TOTAL CONTEMPT FOR OUR
    INTELLIGENCE and the present anti-Communist (reformist) “OPPOSITION,” which is
    run by them!

    There is enough South American already-cut Hard Wood READILY AVAILABLE to cover
    the ENTIRE BOARDWALK! The Bloomberg Pretext that he does not want to use scarce
    endangered Tropical Rainforest Hardwoods is a False Pretext from ANY angle!
    There is enough Tropical Rainforest Hardwood already cut to completely Replace
    All Boardwalk Wood with WOOD! Bloomberg wants that already-cut hardwood to go
    to his rich real estate friends for housing interiors in apartment buildings
    and restaurants. The Coney Island-Brighton Beach Riegelmann Boardwalk TAKES
    LANDMARK! The capitalist dictatorship is using provocations to try to manipulate

    3.) The Cement
    and Plastic Proffered by Bloomberg, Parks Department and the DEVELOPERS is
    UGLY, ALREADY cracking, disintegrating, dangerous and lacks drainage as
    direct observation and photographs demonstrate at Ocean Parkway! Their Criminal
    plan is to gradually COMMERCIALIZE the entire Boardwalk area, first by
    refusing to repair it as a provocation so that naïve suckers will say
    “anything is better than this,” then get rid of, it step wise, first
    gradually and then ENTIRELY, and for PROFITS ONLY! In May the Rockaway Boardwalk was
    repaired with WOOD! (Courier Life, May 23, 2012) Bloomberg/Benepe have
    also deliberately increased the amount of totally unnecessary motor vehicle
    traffic on the boardwalk to make it falsely appear that “cement/plastic is the
    only option” while the traffic is designed to pound and damage the wood! Most
    of those in vehicles could WALK!

    4.) There is
    easily enough money to completely replace the boardwalk with wood! There is
    More Money Today in the United States and New York City than ever before in
    history! There is enough money for each and every person to live like a
    millionaire NOW with no exaggeration! There is also the greatest income
    difference in all U.S. History! That is the REAL “economic reality” of
    End-Stage Capitalism! We have to begin to organize to end it NOW!




    If a Person robs
    a bank of $5,000, escapes and invests that money and makes $1 Million but then
    is apprehended, ALL the money is confiscated as STOLEN MONEY! Surplus
    Value is analogous to that $5000 bank robbery, and is defined as the
    new value which is created by workers by what they produce in goods and
    services in excess of their own labor-cost (e.g. wages, benefits, pensions), a
    value which is “freely appropriated,” MEANING STOLEN (!), by the
    capitalists as gross PROFIT, and which is the basis of capital
    accumulation, meaning accumulation of their WEALTH! The
    capitalists have simply STOLEN all the profits of our labor! Surplus
    value is the basis of ALL the money the capitalists have ever
    acquired and use for the formation of companies and corporations;
    banks; bank loans; the issuance of stock; derivatives, such as credit default
    swaps, subprime mortgage-backed securities, securitized life settlements (!),
    etc.; operating their brainwash media and educational system; purchase of
    private property; running countries; waging wars; getting “elected” in their
    staged sham “elections;” etc. All the $ millions and $
    billions possessed by Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Elison and
    Donald Trump is STOLEN MONEY! The capitalists and even many backward,
    demoralized and intimidated Workers under capitalism presently believe that the
    capitalists’ theft of Workers’ Surplus Value as Profits is the natural ”ENTITLEMENT”
    (!) of the capitalist millionaires and billionaires and that it will be
    “capitalism forever!” It is NOT their ENTITLEMENT and we
    simply cannot afford “capitalism forever!” Capitalism is destroying our
    living space, the boardwalk and the Earth! Most people also do not understand
    that the millionaires and billionaires pay only 15% (the capital gains rate!)
    on the first $110,000.00 of income, the so-called “taxable wage base.” No
    income above that is taxed and 66% of U.S. corporations pay no tax at all
    (1.2 million companies)! The slogans should NOT be “tax the rich,”
    which is a trap meaning tax more of the first $110,000, or “close the
    loopholes.” The slogan should be: “TAX ALL INCOME,” but under capitalism it
    never will be! Supply-Side/Tax-cut Economics was designed to divert tax money
    from social spending not to improve the economy, but to gradually reduce the population.
    It is time to begin to take back what is rightfully ours—ALL the
    wealth which WE, the Working Class, NOT the capitalist class,
    have produced!


    1.) The
    necessary tropical rainforest hardwood which is required to replace the ENTIRE
    CONEY ISLAND-BRIGHTON BEACH Boardwalk must be obtained and all of it
    treated with Thompson’s Water Seal or the equivalent! Nothing less! The
    Coney Island-Brighton Beach Riegelmann Boardwalk TAKES FIRST PRECEDENCE because

    2.) New Yorkers
    must DEMAND that Billionaire Bloomberg contribute THE
    ENTIRETY of whatever monies are required to complete all of the work!
    Whether it is several $BILLION or not that is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT! For Bloomberg
    a couple of $ billion is chicken crap! All of Bloomberg’s money was originally STOLEN
    from the Working Class in the first place, as explained on page 1.

    3.) All
    cement and plastic which has already been put down by the
    so-called “NYC Department of Parks and Recreation,” which should be understood
    presently as the “NYC Department FOR Developers and Big Real Estate,” must
    be removed forthwith—IMMEDIATELY!

    4.) New
    Yorkers should know that much of the wood that was laid down for the Riegelmann
    Boardwalk in 1923 when it first opened is STILL IN PLACE although
    much is worn and some has been replaced. The original wood was obviously NOT
    waterproofed! This time it will be! Hardwood does not last “Only 8
    years,” which is just one more Big Lie of the Parks
    Department and Real Estate Developer stooges, Bloomberg and Adrian
    Benepe, who continued with yet another BIG LIE: “The plastic
    composite…can last 75 years (!).” Photographs of the Department of Parks
    handiwork already show the disgusting cement and plastic composite is cracking
    and crumbling and it has just been put down! They think we are their suckers!
    Ninety-five percent of New Yorkers and the majority of Americans agree that we
    need a new system based on human need NOT private profit! That is
    actually a Communist response! But people have been brainwashed by the U.S.
    government media and “educational system” to believe the Communists are “bad,”
    but we know from our own experience that capitalism is bad and is
    destroying the entire planet so we have to begin to deprogram ourselves from
    the capitalist brainwash! In the 1930s there was a million-strong Communist
    Movement in the U.S., which put pressure on Roosevelt to write the New
    Deal. Roosevelt was given credit then and now on Channel 13 for “Saving
    Capitalism!” From what pray tell? From a Socialist Revolution in the United
    States—It was that close! Read the 1930s newspapers! If they had gone all the
    way then instead of taking the New Deal, which was just a BRIBE,
    there would have been NO Adolf Hitler and NO WWII
    and NONE of today’s present problems! Until we organize ourselves
    back on a Communist basis as in the 1930s we can just forget it!
    We have to begin to deprogram ourselves just as if we had been kidnapped by a

    It is a rule of capitalist
    statecraft that a government must control and operate its own opposition on
    each and every issue and here in the center of U.S.-led world
    capitalism-imperialism that is the unfortunate reality. Who’s who in that case?
    An individual or political group is defined by what they say and what
    they do not say and by what they do and by what they do not do. For
    example, Todd Dobrin’s so-called “Friends of the Boardwalk” is a
    self-described “adjunct of the Parks Department (!) organized for
    charitable, scientific and educational purposes…to revitalize and improve…the
    boardwalk…” Their “lawsuit,” limited to “inadequate environmental review”
    (!) to be decided by crooked judges who are paid-off by the
    billionaires in a bench trial arbitrary ruling with no jury is a
    complete fraud! It is also not a question of merely “Boardwalk not Sidewalk.” A
    Vehicles,” which that group hides! Encouraging the false belief that capitalism
    can be reformed is designed to lead to total failure. The same goes for the
    sell-out so-called “Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance” of
    fraudulent “oppositionist,” Rob Burstein, who divisively manipulates people
    into supporting use of concrete and a “variety of composite materials” for
    everywhere on the boardwalk EXCEPT from Coney Island Avenue to
    Bay 1, while opposing use of already-cut rainforest hard wood, much of which
    has lasted since 1923, by trying to get them to sign a petition basically
    supporting the destruction that has already been done to the boardwalk! Don’t
    sign it! The purpose of such brazen fake groups is to demoralize
    genuine opposition to the policies of the capitalist dictatorship by gradually
    getting those opposed to the disaster policies of End-Stage Capitalism: to
    cynically resign themselves, to acquiesce, to
    finally submit, to despair and finally to ACCEPT
    DEFEAT! Let’s begin to organize properly now!

    Peoples’ Committee for Wood
    Restoration of Riegelmann Boardwalk 10 East 16th St., New York, N.Y.

  5. […] That bill was squashed following a Sheepshead Bites’ report, although it briefly reemerged earlier this year before being pulled again. Last year, Cymbrowitz said he killed the bill because he was disappointed with Parks’ handling of the comfort stations, although this outlet noted at the time that the bill was introduced after Cymbrowitz came out against the Oceana restrooms. Cymbrowitz said the bill’s reappearance this year was because his staff automatically reintroduced it as a matter of routine, and that he killed it after it came to his attention. […]


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